For Gigging Bass Players - And Those That Want To Be!

Announcing:  Classic R&B Basslines

Indispensible Tutorial Collection Of Songs Played By 'Working Joes' All Over The World

When most of us picked up the bass, we did so for one of three reasons:

  • To play in a band with our friends
  • To play in a band with other musicians
  • Both of the above!

When I started out my journey on the bass that was my goal too.

But for years I was the archetypal bedroom musician. And when I actually summoned up the courage to go out and play with other musicians, although I was a reasonable player I lacked one essential piece of knowledge:

A library of songs that gigging bands play.


Back in the day there were no commercially available 'tab' books, so for every song I needed to learn here's what I had to do:

  • Listen to the song and identify the crucial parts
  • Work out the chord progression (or ask keyboards/guitars to share)
  • Transcribe the main parts off the original recordings

These days there are a lot more commercially produced song books. But they don’t always cover ‘working’ songs. So you might plonk down 15 bucks effectively for one song. But you still have to identify the crucial parts and separate them from the non-crucial parts.

Over the years I’ve played hundreds of different songs for different bands – and the first time I had to relearn a song that I’d originally learned previously (but not kept my notation) I vowed never to make that mistake.

And so I documented everything in case I’d ever need it again.

When I needed to teach song tutorials to subscribers of my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond, my ‘big black book’ of ‘working songs’ was the place I started.

Those tutorials have proved so popular that I’m combining them into easy-to-use libraryies for gigging bass players - and bass players training to become gigging bass players.

This is the third volume chronologically of this library - and it's a collection devoted to Classic R&B Basslines - Stax, classic soul, Motown, that kind of thing.

I wish something like this had been around back in the day - but now that I've put it together I want bass players like YOU to have access to this library so you can play more songs with your friends, band mates and other musicians.

Classic R&B Bass Lines

Learning a song with Classic R&B Bass lines is a snap.  If you're sat at your computer then all the resources you need are just a mouse click or two away!  In fact there's a small demonstration further down the page for you to check out - each song tutorial allows you to focus on each important chunk of the song in isolation, learn that, and then put all the song chunks together when your learning is complete. The notation and tab - as well as being in the downloadable PDF - are also adjacent to the video so that you can cross-reference as you learn from the video tutorial.

When I Originally Created Some Of these Videos I filmed material for two versions - a version that went on YouTube and a version with extra content that only my First Bass And Beyond subscribers saw. And in preparing the videos for this collection they have all been re-edited and re-rendered in higher quality - and a lot of that bonus footage that you won't find on the plain 'YouTube' versions is included.  Plus there are plans to add more footage to existing tutorials using the picture in picture technology that you'll see in the Play That Funky Music demo below.

Why Should I Listen To You?

For the best part of 20 years I made my living as a "working bass player."  I've gigged all over the UK and throughout Europe - and in that time played at nearly 2000 gigs and racked up over 100,000 miles on the road!  And those gigs have spanned multiple genres - reggae, rock, LOTS OF CLASSIC R&B,  pop, big band and more.  So I have a pretty good idea of what songs working bands have in their playbooks in those genres.

But before I started compiling these volumes of Working Basslines I asked those bass players who subscribe to my weekly magazine First Bass And Beyond to send in their set lists so I could check them out.  And I got set lists from bands in America, Canada, Germany, Australia, South Africa and even Brazil and Chile!  And I cross referenced my list of working songs with the set lists that I collected - so you can be confident that the songs in these volumes are songs that working bands play - and that "working joes" just like you need to learn and know!

Plus I'm Guessing That If You're Here Now you've seen one of the 300 or so tutorials that I currently have on YouTube and contributed to the close to 10 million views I've racked up teaching bass players just like you to play the kind of songs I'm talking about.  Only now you can finally get access to all the components of the song lesson (and song tutorials that have never been posted to YouTube).

What Are The Benefits?

Here are the main benefits of Funk, Soul And Disco Basslines:

  • Song Selection

    There’s a wide variety of songs featured in this Volume – ranging from ‘disco’ floor fillers to more laid back soul style tunes –  for you to learn. All of these tunes are played across the world by working bands – so that you can approach rehearsals, auditions and gigs confident that you have learned a good library of the kind of songs that bands play at paying gigs.

  • Cost Effective

    This is the only the third collection of “Working Songs” that I’ve seen. Period.  (And I put together the first two collections! 😉 )So it’s an economical way to kick start – or add more songs to – your own library of songs!

  • Accurate Notation And Tab

    There’s a metric shit ton of tabs and the like out there on the Interwebz – and not of all it is accurate. The majority of these tutorials are based on actually playing these songs out there in the real world – so you don’t have to worry about learning something that’s wrong.  (And if you ever think something is notated wrongly….challenge me and I’ll double and triple check it and fix it if need be! And reward you with goodies as a thank you!

  • Sectional Learning

    Because the songs are presented in chunks – and minor variations from section to section are ignored – it makes learning not only quicker, but you can prioritize learning time on the sections of the song that are harder and that you have to nail (e.g. the unison riff in Superstition).

  • Accessibility

    Once you’ve joined the tutorials are always available – provided you’ve got Internet Access of course! – and you can print out the downloadable PDFs so you can take them on the road with you.  (Or load them to your iPad!).

  • Lifetime Updates

    There will be updates to the program in the upcoming years – for example there are two songs I’m thinking of replacing, plus there are videos that I want to shoot in the newer, picture-in-picture style that I’m using almost exclusively now.  You’re covered for all these updates and will get an email when one goes live.

What Other People Say?

Classic R&B Basslines is getting its first obviously there are no testimonials yet!

However it's very similar in format - and shares around 10 songs (as noted) - to Working Basslines Volume 1.  And I DO have testimonials for Working Basslines Volume 1 to share with you.  Here's what just three of the previous students of Working Basslines Volume 1 have to say about the collection:

David Rothenberg - Florida, USA

For me the only potential obstacle in buying BassLines Vol 1 was the expansive variety of songs. In other words, the diversity of songs wasn't something I was initially looking for.  But I am very happy that I have now. I think it makes me a more well rounded bass player. As a result of buying Working Bass Vol 1, I have learned more songs in a shorter time frame than ever before. I think the 'Band in a Box instructions' was are really helpful during the learning phase of the song.T I really like the way you present the material. I have been using tutorials for about 3 years now. I have checked out other cyber instructors. No one comes close to your instructional style. I can never thank you enough!!! David

Donald Mick, USA

Time to utilize the site is my biggest concern. I am  an online student at Berklee College of Music, and am currently one class away from receiving my Bass Professional Certification.  During periods when I am taking a class, I don’t have time to use Working Bass Lines, but in between, I find it really helpful in quickly adding to my repertoire of songs.

Breaking down the instruction into verse, chorus, intro etc is a great way to do it.  It allows me to review sections where I need it, and skip the rest.  I really like having access to both a video and the notation used.

I think Working Baselines Vol 1 has value to both beginners and to more experienced players.  I recommend it highly!

Jean Marc Kerou - France

Please excuse my English!  What I really like about Working Basslines Volume 1 is the opportunity to immediately access the MUSIC and with direct practice it is a great joy to rapidly get results.  I appreciate The "real life" aspect of your pedagogy = efficiency (efficacité ) and your professionalism ( the fact you've been playing thousands of songs transpire obviously and make your tutorial very fruitfull ).

Working Basslines Volume 1 is not expensive and allowed me to get fast results. I would highly recommend it to bass players ! Because this is the first site where one can learn for true , get results and make real and very stable improvements .

Jean Marc
PS, I can't wait to start Blues Course !

What Do I Get?

Classic R&B  Basslines consists of nearly 60 Song Tutorials (plus bonuses as noted) and each song has its own dedicated page.  Navigating to the song you wish to learn is simple - and everything you need to learn that song will be at your fingertips.

Each song tutorial in the Classic R&B Basslines library includes the following:


  • Video Tutorials

    Each song is split into its main parts – e.g. verse, chorus, bridge, etc – and each main part has its own video tutorial.  There are two styles of tutorial used – note by note (my older style) or performance temp/slow tempo playthroughs with picture in picture editing (my new style). The notation and tab for each section is posted so that you can cross-reference as you’re going through the video portion of the lesson.

  • Downloadable PDFs For Each Song

    Each song has its own downloadable PDF which contains the notation and tab and some thoughts on playing through the song – and often a ‘road map’ of the song (i.e. what order you play the basic part to play through the song).

  • Bass Less Backing Tracks

    Each song tutorial has audio content as well – either a bass less backing track to play along to, or backing tracks for different sections of the song generated in Band In A Box.

  • Detailed Band In A Box Programming Instructions

    The PDF for each song in the Working Basslines library also contains detailed instructions on how to program the individual song sections in Band In A Box. These instructions include key, suggested real tracks to use, suggested performance tempos and so on.

    (Note: Band In A Box is NOT included with Working Basslines – but is the best practice software out there for bass players FOR ALL THEIR PRACTICE (IMO) and is highly recommended.)

BONUS PDF. There is a bonus PDF eBook that goes with Classic R&B Basslines called "How To Practice A Groove."  There are scuds of 'groove books' out there in the marketplace - but this is the only book I've seen that instructs you how to practice a groove in a step-by-step, methodical fashion. (Value $25)

What Are The Songs Included In Classic R&B Basslines?

Green Onions

Tears Of A Clown

Time Is Tight

I Feel Good

I Want You Back

Can't Turn You Loose

Ain't Too Proud To Beg

I Can't Help Myself

Back In My Arms Again

Come See About Me

Signed Sealed Delivered

25 Miles


Heard It Through The Grapevine

Mr Pitiful

Knock On Wood

Hold On I'm Coming

Hard To Handle

Midnight Hour

Mustang Sally (Pickett)

Mustang Sally (Commitments)

Take Me To The River

Soul Man

Baby Love

Gimme Some Loving

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Everybody Needs Somebody


Satisfaction (Otis)

I'll Take You There

Respect (Otis)

Respect (Aretha)

My Girl

This Old Heart Of Mine

I Say A Little Prayer

Keep On Running

Get Ready

Nowhere To Run

Shake A Tailfeather

Dock Of The Bay

Land Of 1000 Dances

Sweet Soul Music

Mercy Mercy Me

Pride And Joy

See Saw

Funky Broadway

Lady Marmalade


Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Same Old Song

Let's Stay Together

Band Of Gold

Cool Jerk

Rescue Me

Cold Sweat Part 1


Me And Mrs Jones

Mama's Pearl


Rock Steady

Let Me Give You A Demo

Let me give you a short demonstration of how everything is set up on the Funk Soul Disco part of the working basslines site.

Let's Assume You Need To Learn Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry - and let's assume you're working on the chorus. Here's how it would look on the Funky Music Page.

First you'd have the notation and tab:

Then you'd have the video underneath it so you could watch the video and cross reference with the notation and tab:

Then after all the song sections you'd have the downloadable PDF (which includes all the notation and tab, plus the Band In A Box programming instructions),and the bassless backing tracks to practice along with (or Band In A Box files.)

So you've got everything on hand to learn the different sections of the song and then put those sections together.

So How Much Does The Classic R&B Volume Cost?

If you wanted to learn these songs WITHOUT using this collection I've put together, you'd  have to combine buying commercially available song books with either private lessons with a bass player who knows all the tunes (or all the tunes you need to learn) OR transcribing them yourself.

Either way you're talking of a significant investment of time and/or money. Really good bass instructors (and why would you go to a bass instructor that wasn't really good?) charge at least $50 a lesson. Usually more. So it wouldn't take long to rack up hundreds of dollars buying books and DVDs and paying for private lessons or the opportunity cost for YOU to do all that transcribing.

But you won't even pay  $100.

Classic R&B Basslines is just $97.  For working song tutorials to  60 songs that working bands all over the world play. Less than the price of a cup of coffee per song. Less than the price of one private lesson with a great instructor. The investment for Classic R&B bass lines is just...



Bonus Songs

60 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee:  I know that you'll find the unique tutorial combination of video, notation/tab and backing tracks  in Classic R&B Basslines will help you learn a ton of the kind of songs that working bands the world over use at their gigs.  I want YOU to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a full 60 day guarantee period.  After your purchase you've got a full 60 days to go through the songs in the Classic R&B Volume.  If for whatever reason you're not satisfied,  all you have to do is drop me an email and let me know.  I'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.

So It's Time To Make A Decision:  You should have all the information you need to decide whether you want to learn these working songs, starting in the next few minutes.  Simply  CLICK the big yellow 'JOIN NOW' button below and you'll be taken to a Paypal Page where you can purchase Classic R&B Basslines.  (If you don't have a Paypal account you can still purchase using a Credit Card.)  Once you've joined,  you'll be automatically added to the Classic R&B collection on the Working Basslines website site, automatically enrolled and redirected to the Index page AND you'll be sent a welcome email with log on details.  If you don't receive that email for any reason, then don't panic, simply send me an email and I'll work out what went wrong in the process and get you added to the site manually. So go ahead.  Click the big yellow button below and JOIN NOW.

P.S. When you go to a gig, a jam or a rehearsal  no-one will care whether you can play  diminished scale licks or machine gun triplets or non-muddy chords. Instead they'll ONLY care  whether you know a large repertoire of the kind of songs that working bands all over the world play. If you don't know the don't get the gig.  Period.

Hitting the 'Join Now' button is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started on building your repertoire of these working songs.

Paul Wolfe




P.P.S RECAP of the above.  For just $77 you'll get detailed tutorials to all the songs listed .  Each tutorial covers the major sections of the song and you'll see video for each section, plus notation and tab.  Additionally there is notation and tab in the downloadable PDF.  There is also detailed programming instructions to create practice tracks for each song chunk with the software Band In A Box (Band In A Box NOT included)  And there's either a bass less backing track for you to play with once you've learned all the song sections, or Band In A Box files to practice with (MP3 format). Don't forget that you're covered by my 60 Day No Questions Asked Guarantee if you  decide this is not for you - so all the risk is on me.



  • Q.How Many Volumes Of Working Basslines Are There Going To Be?

    A.At least 6. Currently available is Volume 1 – this one – which is a general collection.  Volume 2 will follow in around 3-4 months.  There will also be genre specific collections of working bass lines.  First up – in two weeks – is the Funk,Soul and Disco collection.  Further additions to the library later in the year will include: Classic R&B; Reggae and Ska, and Beatles Collections.  Each of these additional collections will be priced at similar levels.

  • Q.How Long Is This Resource Available To Me Once I've Joined?

    A.My business plans  work in 5 year cycles…and I’m currently a year into my second cycle – so the first answer is at least 4 years.  I don’t envisage selling or closing How To Play Bass Dot Com so the realistic answer is probably much longer than that.  4 years is as good a place as any to start.

  • Q.I Don't Have Band In A Box - Are The Programming Instructions Of Any Use?

    A.Firstly you might not have Band In A Box now, but if you’re serious about getting better at bass guitar then this should be high on your wish list.  It’s the best practice tool for bass players out there.  Secondly, even if you don’t have Band In A Box the programming instructions include screen shots of how each song section looks when programmed in Band In A Box – and this will give you a clear guide to the chord progressions being used in each section of the song.

  • Q.What If There's A Specific Song I Need To Learn That's Not Covered By Your Library?

    A.I’ve taught over 400 songs on video down the years I’ve been running How To Play Bass Dot Com – so if you don’t see it listed, it’s always worth dropping me an email to see if I have it gathering virtual dust in my archives.

  • Q.You Are Using A New Teaching Format - How Many Of The Videos In The Collection Use This New Format?

    A.Currently there are around 10 videos that use the new teaching format that I’ve started using in 2015.  But over time I will revamp some of the older tutorials with this newer format.  All those revamps will be added to the course for no additional fee.  (see also next question).

  • Q.Do You Teach All Of The Videos In The Collection?

    A.No.  The bulk of the videos are taught by me.  But over the last year or so I’ve been joined by a teacher called Gordon Clayton who has taught some of the tutorials.  And over the NEXT year or so I’ll be recruiting at least two other teachers and they may well create some of the videos for some of the revamped material I mentioned in the last question.